Charles van Ravenswaay, "The Nathan Boone House," typescript, circa 1956, Van Ravenswaay Collection, Missouri Historical Society

1956

Charles van Ravenswaay, "The Nathan Boone House," typescript, circa 1956, Van Ravenswaay Collection, Missouri Historical Society

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Stone House Charles van Ravenswaay, "The Nathan Boone House" 2: 1820 Nathan in MO's constitutional convention. In 1823 he owned 12 slaves, 6 horses, 19 neat cattle, and paid a poll tax of $18.43 and one half cents. Among the nine largest tax-payers of St. Charles county that year. He joined the army as Captain of the 1st Dragoons in 1832; remaining until 1855. Because of his duties in the sw part of the state, he advertised his farm for sale in 1836, describing it as containing 800 arpens and with <a large stone dwelling house with all the necessary outhouses.> After sale he moved his family to a farm near Ashgrove, Greene County MO. There until his and wife's death. The stone house recalls the eighteenth-century stone houses of PA; woodwork with its carved sunburst mantel-pieces, chair rail and doors, are in the Federal style popular during the 1780s. Minor changes since: plastered ceilings removed to expose the joists in the mistaken assumption that the original ceilings consisted of exposed beams; front doorway altered. Furnishings now in the house are more sophisticated and foreign than those originally used in the house. <It is a misstatement of history to refer to the house as the "Daniel Boone" house, however attractive such a statement may be for the purposes of promotion and publicity.> <Under the Spanish government Daniel Boone served as syndic of the Femme Osage district from 1800 until 1804. As syndic he was, more or less, in complete administrative charge, civil and military, of the district along the Missouri river in what is now St. Charles and eastern Warren county.> But no support for the notion that the tree on the Nathan Boone site is the "judgement tree;" Indeed <It is unlikely that this tree is that old, for the elm is notoriously quick growing.> <Missouri and the nation would be the poorer if this house was lost, or if it should be commercialized or altered by unsympathetic hands.> Charles van Ravenswaay, "The Nathan Boone House," typescript, circa 1956, Van Ravenswaay Collection, MHS

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